John Legend was honored last night with the President’s Award at the 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards for his activism and involvement in philanthropic work, social issues and worldly inequality. Presented by Cornell William Brooks, Legend received the award in high regard along with a video that showcased his accomplishments this year.
Additionally, Empire’s Jussie Smollett delivered a song, Legend’s “Ordinary People,” and singer-songwriter Alice Smith performed “Glory” from Selma.
“Now, some will call you divisive for speaking out for a disenfranchised people. Some will call you a radical for calling for justice for all. Some will take offense when we have to assert that our lives should indeed matter, just as much as anyone else’s. Some will call you the real racist for daring to call out racial inequality. But they know better. And we certainly know better,” Legend said.
Watch the full speech below.